Who We Are
We see Christ Church as the sacrament of the presence of Christ in the world. We are called to embrace the world with Christ’s generous and transforming love. Our life is invigorated by Christ’s presence in holy scripture, in the sacramental life of the catholic tradition, in prayer and in our understanding that our being in Cobble Hill is a sign of that presence to the wider community. We are passionate about: + The continuing unfolding of the mystery of Christ’s incarnation in the midst of the world. + The implications of the mystery of God-with-us for justice, mercy and inclusivity. + Keeping open a dialogue where differences do not mean exclusion, and where we speak with the reverent love that the Trinity displays as God’s very life. + Learning the riches of the Church’s tradition and their astonishing relevance for life today. We believe: + That, in tumultuous times in the world echoed in the church, God is continually speaking and calling us deeper into the paschal mystery as together we die and rise with Christ and serve him in each other and all we meet. + That we must stand for a climate in the church of gentle strength and mutual respect for all God’s people and creation. + That among the gifts of the catholic tradition is a deep and abiding wisdom about the mystery of intimacy with God and that the world cries out in holy longing for that intimacy. + That the Baptismal Covenant, the rule of the life of the church, requires us to respect all persons. We understand that respect to mean that all mistries within the church are open to all the baptised and that the call to leadership within the assembly is dependant on baptism and the recognition of particular gifts for ministry, not on gender or sexual orientation.